Hanging On Tight While Gliding

This month was different. We got to pick our own topic and needed to make it into a portfolio or a body of work that included a minimum of three images. Being new to the concept of portfolios or bodies of work, I approached this with some nervousness.

In late August, Marie and I stumbled upon a number of hang gliders in the sky near Lennox Heads. We managed to get a number of okay shots so I decided to make my topic “hang gliding”. I submitted 3 images which was the minimum requirement. My fourth image was submitted into the open section with the hope that the judges would provide feedback on how I could better separate performers from the crowd when photographing them.

However, my learning for the month was not as I expected. I received an honour for my open submission which I did not expect. One of my portfolio images received a merit and the other two were acceptances only but with the total portfolio receiving a merit. The key problem with these images was the noise in the sky which I totally missed when doing my post processing.

A key learning – don’t rush and keep an eye on the detail. Also, be careful not to over sharpen the entire image as this will make noise even more visible. I don’t plan to make this mistake again.

The images I submitted were:

Rap Cycling (Honour)
Taken 12/09/2015 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 4
Exposure Time 1/80 sec.
ISO 100
Focal Length: 70mm


Hang Gliding 1 (Merit)
Taken 22/08/2015 in Lennox Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 13
Exposure Time 1/250 sec.
ISO 100
Focal Length: 276mm


Hang Gliding 2 (Acceptance)
Taken 22/08/2015 in Lennox Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 5
Exposure Time 1/2000 sec.
ISO 100
Focal Length: 222mm


Hang Gliding 3 (Acceptance)
Taken 22/08/2015 in Lennox Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 6.3
Exposure Time 1/800 sec.
ISO 100
Focal Length: 96mm

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